Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has warned the Federal Government of Nigeria against the implementation of the Executive Order 10, stating that it would destroy the Criminal Justice System in states.
Wike also noted that the Executive Order 10, which permits the deduction of funds from each State account to finance the judiciary, was politically motivated and geared towards the 2023 general election.
Wike, in his keynote address presented at the 3rd Annual Nigerian Criminal Law Review Conference organized by the Rule of Law Development Foundation in Abuja Monday, opined that ahead of the 2023 general election, the Federal Government which has been hostile to judges, now suddenly wants to lure the judiciary to assume it believes in the independence of the judiciary, by enacting Executive Order 10.
The governor in a statement issued in Port Harcourt by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, pointed out that politicization of the issue of security by the Federal Government has continued to negatively affect the criminal justice system in the country, adding that the prevailing cases of kidnapping, banditry and armed robbery which threatens the very existence and stability of the nation clearly justifies the establishment of State or Community Police
He pointed out that while the establishment of State Police may require amendment of the extant Section 214(1) of the 1999 Constitution, the Rivers State Government is of the opinion that community police or Neighbourhood Watch could be established without a constitutional amendment.